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Ex-footballer Andy Woodward 'hurt' police haven't contacted him over sex abuse allegations

Andy Woodward says he has still not been contacted by police Credit: PA

Former footballer Andy Woodward has said he is "still waiting" to provide police with information about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered as a junior player.

It comes as new figures from Operation Hydrant, the UK-wide police investigation into historical child sex abuse, revealed the growing scale of the scandal engulfing the world of football.

Some 429 victims - aged between four and 20 - have been identified by police along with 155 potential suspects, the National Police Chiefs' Council said on 21st December.

Mr Woodward, who played for teams including Bury, Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield United, rocked football last month when he went public with claims he was sexually abused as a boy in the 1980s.

His disclosure - in which he waived the right to anonymity given to alleged victims of sexual offences - prompted a tide of similar complaints.

In a series of social media posts on Wednesday night, Mr Woodward said he was "hurt" police had not made contact with him and also revealed that he had been abused by more than one person.

"Allegations received by police forces across the country are being swiftly acted upon.

We continue to urge anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it by dialling 101, or contacting the dedicated NSPCC helpline, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have taken place.

We will listen and treat all reports sensitively and seriously. Anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse is also urged to come forward."

– Chief Constable Simon Bailey in a statement on the NPCC website